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The Toronto-Dominion Bank is enhancing its benefits offerings in 2022 with expanded family planning coverage. The bank’s benefits program is now covering fertility and reproductive treatments and offering support for surrogacy or donor costs and adoption costs, with a $20,000 lifetime maximum for each benefit, says Melanie Burns, TD’s senior vice-president of human resources and talent […]

Hootsuite Inc.’s director of total rewards talks benefits in a remote working environment, the four pillars of wellness and recharging through physical activity. Q: What top challenges do you face in your role? A: Hootsuite is very big on diversity, equity and inclusion and we operate in multiple countries, so it’s a balance of finding […]

  • By: Blake Wolfe
  • December 17, 2021 December 16, 2021
  • 08:49

Pinterest is expanding its parental and fertility benefits offerings, including the addition of two rounds of in vitro fertilization and egg freezing. The social media company’s enhanced benefits — available to all employees worldwide — also include a minimum of 20 weeks of parental leave for all parents, while adoptive parents will now have 20 weeks […]

  • By: Staff
  • December 13, 2021 December 10, 2021
  • 09:00

Mandy Kwasnica and her husband’s lifelong dream to add children to their family has come true. The couple recently brought two children — Anya, 9, and Artem, 11 — to Canada after adopting them from the Ukraine (the new family of four is pictured above). “The second day we saw them, [Anya] had cards for […]

  • By: Staff
  • November 24, 2021 November 23, 2021
  • 09:00
Fertility-benefits coverage is limited, outdated in Canada: report

Only five per cent of Canadian employers provide coverage for both fertility drugs and related costs such as in-vitro fertilization procedures and testing, according to a new report commissioned by Conceivable Dreams and Fertility Matters Canada. It found more than 85 per cent of benefit plans that covered fertility-related issues had lifetime maximums in place […]

  • By: Staff
  • February 3, 2021 April 23, 2021
  • 09:00
Plan member’s adoption dream becoming reality thanks to benefits offering

Mandy Kwasnica and her husband so desperately wanted to adopt they were ready to sink all of their money (and then some) into making their dream a reality. “Adoption is very, very expensive, but we knew in our hearts that this was the right move we were making,” recalls the manager of mortgage sales support at […]

Manulife enhances family benefits for Canadian employees

Manulife Financial Corp. is increasing its family leave support for Canadian employees, providing 20 weeks of paid maternity leave and 12 weeks of paid parental and adoption leave, effective Jan. 1, 2021. Canadian employees and their dependants also now have access to full gender affirmation coverage for both surgical and non-surgical treatments, as well as […]

  • By: Staff
  • November 17, 2020 November 17, 2020
  • 08:45

In 2019, Telus Communications Inc. bumped up its combined lifetime plan maximum per employee for fertility benefits to $15,000 for both treatment procedures and drugs. “More than anything, it’s just recognizing that we want to be a good place for women to work,” says Carol Craig, director of pensions and benefits at Telus. Generally, Canadian […]